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Ōtsu
大津
Core city
大津市 · Ōtsu City
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Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
Location of Ōtsu in Shiga
 
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Shiga
Area
 • Total 464.10 km2 (179.19 sq mi)
Population (August 1, 2011)
 • Total 336,430
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Prunus serrulata
- Flower Viola eizanensis
- Bird Black-headed Gull
Phone number 077-523-1234
Address 3-1 Goryō-chō, Ōtsu-shi, Shiga-ken
520-8575
Website www.city.otsu.shiga.jp

Ōtsu (大津市 Ōtsu-shi) is a city in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture.

It has been recognized as a core city since 2009.

History

Ōtsu was the site of an Imperial palace from 667 to 672. Emperor Tenji lived in Ōtsu.

In the Edo period, Ōtsu was one of fifty-three shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the road which connected Edo and Kyoto.

Geography

Ōtsu is on the south shore of Lake Biwa.

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